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Alisha Lyon
Graduate and Career Services
Coordinator
Campus Box 4039
Emporia State University
1200 Commercial St.
Emporia, KS 66801-5087
620-341-5456
E-mail: alyon1@emporia.edu

Admission Requirements

To be admitted to the MBA program, you need a completed bachelor's degree and an acceptable Graduate Management Admissions Test (GMAT) score or GRE equivalent. The required GMAT score depends upon your grade-point average for your bachelor's degree: The higher your grade-point average, the lower the required GMAT score; however, the lowest acceptable GMAT score is 450, regardless of your grade-point average. The lowest acceptable GPA is 2.75. If you are an international student, you will need to achieve a score of at least 550 on the Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) or successfully complete English courses at our university.

You can be admitted to the MBA program even if your bachelor's degree major was not a business major. You will need background in accounting, business law, algebra, computing, economics, finance, and statistics. But even if you have not studied these areas, you can be admitted to the program, because you can acquire this background by taking courses at ESU. If you decide to pursue the MBA with an accounting concentration, you will also need additional accounting background, including intermediate financial accounting, cost accounting, income tax, and auditing, and you can obtain this background at ESU.

You can take graduate courses on a limited basis before you are formally admitted to the program. If an MBA is your goal, please contact us. We will be glad to help you develop your plan to be admitted and complete the degree.

Background Requirements

Background - All MBA students must have a background in the following areas prior to enrolling in courses for which the background is necessary.

  1. Accounting, Financial and Managerial (AC 223 and AC 233 respectively)
  2. Business Law* in the United States (may be included within MBA program)
  3. College Algebra or equivalent (MA 110)
  4. Computing (IS 113)
  5. Economics, Macro and Micro (BC 103 and BC 104 respectively, or EC 101)
  6. Finance (FI 330)
  7. Statistics (BU 255)

* This requirement may be met by taking undergraduate- or graduate-level law courses approved by the MBA director.

Some or all of the background requirements may be met through academic credit or professional experience. Students otherwise may take any courses for which they have met the background requirement.